Rube Goldberg Machine or device is any exceedingly complex apparatus that performs a very simple task in a very indirect and convoluted way. It first appeared in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary with the definition, “accomplishing by extremely complex roundabout means what actually or seemingly could be done simply.” Check out the video clips of some of these cool and amazing Rube Goldberg Machine 🙂
Some clips of Rube Goldberg Machines in Japanese TV.. Enjoy!
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Here’s one Rube Goldberg Machine just to fix ramen for dinner..
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Christmas Themed Rube Goldberg Machine...[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/V1z7fFBrjmA" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
The expression has been dated as originating in around 1930 in the US to describe Goldberg’s illustrations of “absurdly-connected machines”. Since then, the expression’s meaning has expanded to denote any form of overly confusing or complicated system. For example, recent news headlines include “Is Rep. Bill Thomas the Rube Goldberg of Legislative Reform?”, and “Retirement ‘insurance’ as a Rube Goldberg machine”
Reuben Garret L. Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970) was a co-founder and president of the American National Cartoonists Society. He was born in San Francisco, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, and author.
He is one of the most famous cartoonists in history, who earned lasting fame for his Rube Goldberg machines (exceedingly complex devices that perform simple tasks in very indirect and convoluted ways). He was posthumously awarded the National Cartoonist Society Gold Key Award in 1980.
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